Born Samuel Clemens in 1835, 'Mark Twain' was perhaps his own greatest
literary success becoming a legend whose deeds far surpassed those
of the man.
Well known for his stories of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain also strongly
advocated the use of "plain English" and clear, concise
writing. He wrote in a 1880 letter to D.W. Bowser:
"I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words
and brief sentences. That is the way to write English - it is the
modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers
and verbosity creep in."